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Thang Do

Research Fellow, ANU Grand Challenge Program on Zero Carbon Energy for Asia Pacific



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Dr Thang Nam Do is a research fellow at the Grand Challenge Program on Zero Carbon Energy for Asia Pacific, The Australian National University.

Before joining ANU, he worked with the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as Deputy Director General of International Cooperation; Global Environment Facility (GEF) Operational Focal Point. He was also Chair of Association of Southeast Nations Association (ASEAN) Working Group on Climate Change, and national focal point of ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities, Clean Technology Fund, and Water Environment Partnership for Asia (WEPA).

He has led research projects on renewable energy policies in Southeast Asia, water environmental management for river basins, reviewing Vietnam Law on Environmental Protection, and assessing environmental co-benefits of climate change mitigation policy. In addition, he has acted as a resource person for various regional and national environmental policy issues, including water governance and sustainable cities.

Research interests

  • Renewable energy policy in Vietnam and Southeast Asia
  • Environmental policy
  • Mekong Water-Energy nexus
  • Sustainable cities
  • Climate change
  • Economic instruments for environmental management in the developing country context.



  • Drivers and barriers to Vietnam’s solar PV and offshore wind power

  • Green growth policies in Asia

  • ASEAN 100% renewable electricity

  • ASEAN cross-border electricity trade
  • Carbon pricing
  • Solar and Wind vs. hydro power in Mekong region


Co-founding signatory of Geneva Actions on Global Human Water Security Fund,, and the Food Energy Environment Water Network

Senior Advisor for World Bank project “Vietnam’s Water Governance”, Global Environment Facility (GEF) 6th Assembly, GEF/ADB project “Mainstreaming Climate Resilience and Environmental Protection for Green Secondary Cities Development”, GCF/IUCN proposal on Building Climate Resilient Coastal Communities and Ecosystems in Asia, and IGES/ASEAN Sustainable Development Goal’s Forerunning Cities Program.

Director of: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) study on water environment management of river basins in Vietnam, ASEAN-Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) project on ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Model Cities, Strengthening Environmental Capacity for Vietnam Project (Counterpart: Japan Ministry of Environment/Environmental Management Technology, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Centre-OECC); Developing Solid Waste Management visions for Vietnam (Counterpart: Japan National Institute of Environmental Studies); Vietnam-Korean project on soil and ground water remediation-VEA/MONRE.

Chief investigator of Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA-IDRC)’s project: Impacts of Dykes on Wetland Values in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: A Case Study in the Plain of Reeds,

Principal of Research Consulting Group on Environment and Development in Viet Nam.

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